Hibberd: NBC Knifes ‘Chopping Block’

By | Friday March 27, 2009 @ 1:11am PDT

I told you that NBC got bitch-slapped by Univision last Wednesday in the 8 PM and 9 PM hours. Now comes the fallout: NBC’s unscripted show Chopping Block is being pulled from Wednesday’s primetime lineup at 8 PM … Read More »

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WMA-Endeavor Meeting Inconclusive…

By | Thursday March 26, 2009 @ 6:34pm PDT

They came, they met, they didn’t decide to merge yet. I hear William Morris CEO Jim Wiatt was ”shaking”. He’s angry at how he’s being portrayed during these negotiations. (But, c’mon, what kind of leader doesn’t officially inform his staff until this morning there are merger talks underway even though they’re being played out … Read More »

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DHD Advisory: Please Re-send Comments

By | Thursday March 26, 2009 @ 6:33pm PDT

Comments outage since 3:19 PM PT. Please re-send.

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A Marvel-ous Idea For Screenwriters…

By | Thursday March 26, 2009 @ 1:06pm PDT

Marvel Studios has started a writers program. The goal is to put more than half a dozen film writers on staff, give them an office, and “work them like horses!” one of my sources says. I’ve confirmed this smart move. … Read More »

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Paramount Extends J.J. Abrams’ Deal

By | Thursday March 26, 2009 @ 1:05pm PDT

HOLLYWOOD, CA (March 26, 2009) — Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc, today announced an extension of its agreement with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions to run through 2013. This continues the first-look relationship originally started with Abrams and long-time colleague, producer Bryan Burk, in July 2006.

“Today’s announcement

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WMA-Endeavor Merger: Today’s Meeting

By | Thursday March 26, 2009 @ 11:32am PDT

Reps for both agencies meet again this afternoon for a pivotal confab.

From what I’m told, the merger hangs on not just WMA CEO Jim Wiatt behaving but on the numbers disclosed. Do they make sense? Do the rewards outweigh the risks? Is more financial information needed? Is enough being provided?

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DHD Advisory: The Real Rap

By | Thursday March 26, 2009 @ 10:38am PDT

There is yet another erroneous blog post about me/DHD. Normally, I wouldn’t even bother to publicly respond. But the blogger is claiming to have interviewed me. This is false as well as the statements attributed to me. The blogger has taken my off-the-record “Umms” and “Hmms” and other noncommittal responses from one brief and casual conversation on … Read More »

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Location Managers Lobby LA City Council

By | Wednesday March 25, 2009 @ 5:55pm PDT


The agenda for the next L.A. City Council meeting on March 31st “could shut down television production in Los Angeles” by creating permit timelines that would make it even more difficult for episodic TV and commercial production that typically work in a much tighter time … Read More »

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LA City Council Passes Filming Incentives: Response To ‘Ugly Betty” Move To NYC

By | Wednesday March 25, 2009 @ 3:47pm PDT

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles City Council today adopted a package of incentives to keep productions in and bring more filming to Los Angeles.  These incentives include assistance with identifying parking and with reducing parking costs, the installation of utility nodes in frequently used locations to eliminate the need for

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NBC Security Freaks Over Research Leak

By | Wednesday March 25, 2009 @ 3:43pm PDT

NBC has launched what is being described to me as a “full security investigation” into the leak of that March 18th-dated “Consumer And Market Intelligence Research Summary” which I saw this weekend. ”It’s hysterical,” one insider emails. “Production services and legal are involved. (Do they work this hard to make good content?) A meeting … Read More »

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Next Oscars Move To Avoid Winter Games

By | Wednesday March 25, 2009 @ 1:29pm PDT

Key dates were announced today for the 82nd Academy Awards. The big news was that the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences wished to avoid the closing ceremonies of NBC’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver:

Beverly Hills, CA (March 25, 2009) — The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be presented

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Creative Coalition To Speak To Congress

By | Wednesday March 25, 2009 @ 12:56pm PDT

Tomorrow morning, actor Tim Daly, Co-President of The Creative Coalition, will testify before the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee on the positive impact that the entertainment and arts communities have on the nation’s economy. Daly’s testimony will “focus on arts and entertainment as vital business enterprises which play an … Read More »

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URGENT! Endeavor-WMA Merger Hangs By Thread: Stop Or Go Decision Thursday

By | Tuesday March 24, 2009 @ 6:16pm PDT


EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that, for the past two weeks, meetings between partners of William Morris and Endeavor agencies have been fraught with tension. The reluctance now to merge isn’t on the WMA side because Jim Wiatt and Dave Wirtschafter are known to be eager for … Read More »

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TOLDJA! George Lopez Talk Show On TBS

By | Tuesday March 24, 2009 @ 12:20pm PDT

It starts in November. Variety‘s story today is a carbon copy of mine from January 30th, TBS Wants George Lopez Late Night Talk

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What Hath Peter Bart Wrought? (Oy!)

By | Tuesday March 24, 2009 @ 12:09pm PDT


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Ben Silverman Says Negative Test Results For NBC’s ‘Parks & Recreation’ Normal

By | Tuesday March 24, 2009 @ 8:23am PDT

Kudos to NBC Universal for not trying to claim that the research summary I reported for the network’s rough-cut pilot of its forthcoming sitcom Parks and Recreation was fake. Instead, Ben Silverman defended the mockumentary which stars Amy Poehler and comes from The Office‘s Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, … Read More »

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LA Times Showbiz Staff Escape Layoffs

By | Tuesday March 24, 2009 @ 7:13am PDT

From what I can glean from insiders, no one covering or editing showbiz at the Los Angeles Times was laid off on Black Monday. Unless it was kept very, very quiet. But the entertainment beat staff look safe for now.

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HUMILIATING! Boss Jeff Bewkes Keeps Barry Meyer/Alan Horn On Short Leash

By | Monday March 23, 2009 @ 8:30pm PDT

I called Warner Bros early today for confirmation when I heard that Barry Meyer and Alan Horn had re-upped their contracts. And I was lied to by Warner Bros. Just like I was lied to by the studio last summer when … Read More »

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‘Twilight 2′: Diversity Casting Isn’t Hard

By | Monday March 23, 2009 @ 6:51pm PDT

Kudos to New Moon‘s Summit Entertainment and director Chris Weitz for bringing on board award-winning casting director Rene Haynes who is well-known for her work on Native projects ranging from Dances With Wolves to Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee. Each member of the wolf pack she cast is of … Read More »

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